Last night, my father-in-law told me the Phillies were up 1-0 through one. He laughed and predicted that the game was over.
It looked as if this guess would hold true before the Pirates scored their first run of the season on a wild pitch. At that point it was anyone’s guess when the contest would end.
Philadelphia threatened in the 10th following back-to-back singles by Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins, but Hunter Pence was unable to deliver. Pittsburgh was able to end things in the bottom half of the inning as Rod Barajas led off with a double and his pinch runner came home to score on Alex Presley’s infield single.
For the second game in a row the Indians and Blue Jays required extra innings. Once again the Blue Jays posted a crooked number after regulation to top the Tribe.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 3
Boston Red Sox – 0
Detroit Tigers – 10
The Red Sox didn’t wait until the end to blow this one; they decided to give it up in the first. Following Doug Fister’s early exit, the Tigers bullpen limited Boston to four hits over 5 1/3 scoreless frames. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each went yard twice to pace Detroit offensively.
Minnesota Twins – 2
Baltimore’s bats came alive as Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters all went yard. Orioles starter Tommy Hunter didn’t need much support, as he didn’t surrender an earned run over his seven innings of work.
New York Yankees – 6
Tampa Bay Rays – 8
Texas Rangers – 3
Seattle Mariners – 8
Oakland A’s – 7
Yoenis Cespedes hit his third home run of the season, but the Mariners balanced approach was more than Oakland could handle. Every Mariners starter collected a hit and all but two collected at least one RBI.
Chicago Cubs – 4
Gio Gonzalez was un-good in his Nationals debut but he was removed from the hook by the even worse performances of Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol. The back-end of the Cubs bullpen has now accounted for two losses and two blown saves in two games.
Atlanta Braves – 2
New York Mets – 4
Zach Greinke and the Brewers ‘pen blanked the Cardinals. Corey Hart hit two home runs and drove in three.
Colorado Rockies – 3
Houston Astros – 7
Jamie Moyer looked to be nearly a half-century old. Lucas Harrell was more impressive, holding the Rockies to three hits over seven scoreless innings. J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three for the Astros.
Miami Marlins – 8
Cincinnati Reds – 3
The new-look Marlins collected their first win of the year behind a solid outing from Ricky Nolasco. Mat Latos’s debut for the Reds didn’t go so well. Giancarlo Stanton tallied three hits and three RBIs for Miami.
San Diego Padres – 5
The Dodgers and Padres also offered fans free baseball last night. Dee Gordon was a fiend, reaching base five times and collecting three stolen bases for the Dodgers. His 11th inning single put LA up for good.